Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

varroa mite

noun var·roa mite \ˈva-rə-wə-\

Definition of varroa mite

  1. :  any of a genus (Varroa) of parasitic Asian mites that suck the hemolymph of honeybees and their larvae; especially :  one (V. destructor) of worldwide distribution that is a serious pest of the European honeybee

Origin and Etymology of varroa mite

New Latin Varroa, from Marcus Terentius Varro

First Known Use: 1983

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up varroa mite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).